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University of Toronto Scarborough
Michelle Majeed

Lecture 9 April 2, 2014 7:08 PM Mental health and addictions Global situation - 25% of population will experience mental illness ○ "invisible disability" - Mental health ○ Sense of well-being, quality of life, capacity to pursue goals, acquire skills and education to grow ○ Good coping skills, healthy physical and social environments  Similar to the WHO definition of health- overall wellbeing, holistic concept - Mental illness/disorder ○ Recognized, medically diagnosed illness that has effects on cognitive, affective and relational abilities  Biological breakouts-biochemistry ○ No one is treated the same, have the same experience  People respond different to different medications □ Some people respond well, others do not □ Borderline: talk therapy, no medication  Have to learn coping skills ○ Mental illness = medically recognized, biomedical approach  Diagnosed, defined and treated in a certain way ○ How Mental Health in Canada  Orphan child of health care □ Does not receive as much funding  Badly treated in asylums when they existed, experimented on □ Attempts to control the uncontrollable □ Asylum = CAMH □ Before like a prison  Deinstitutionalization: 80s, end of the welfare state (rise of neoliberalism), can no longer afford these public hospitals (they have to run on their own) □ Pushing patients back into the community to be productive members of society  Not done well: people would keep cycling back into the hospitals, □ 1970s: patient liberation movement:giving control back to the patients= giving back control to the patient  Can be acute, others will be chronic (lifetime of dealing with mental illness) ◊ Acute: do not relapse into another cycle □ "seen as consumers" or "Survivors"  Survived the asylum system, the mistreatmentof it  "consumer" because you consume these facilities ◊ Patient: lower-power zone ◊ Consumer= they have rights as well as the person who provides the services □ Shift in how we think of mental illness  Also use different language: if you call someoneschizophrenic, you're making them their disease. ◊ We say: someone who is working with/living with *disease* ○ Substance abuse  Substance abuse: pattern of substance use leading to significant
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